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FLORIDA’S ONE AND TWO STORY ROOM ADDITION CONTRACTOR

 

There are as many reasons for adding a room addition on to your home as there are people who own homes. A few reasons might be: because they like where they live and don’t want to move, or they like the schools their children attend, or they are close to their favorite stores for shopping, or they have many good friends and neighbors where they are living now, or they live close to their favorite links and love to play golf, or maybe they live on the water and enjoy watching the sun rise or set on their back deck. For whatever reasons, there are many people who just want to stay where they are and add on to their existing home because they simply know it would be difficult to find another place quite as nice to live.

As people’s lifestyles change, so do their needs and wants. As a person gets older there are many changes that will occur that will affect their lifestyle and what type of home they will want or need. Then, as time goes on, there will be other factors that will determine what type of home they will desire. Like most of us, you get married and have children and that usually means you may need a little larger home with extra bedrooms and bathrooms. Then as your children grow up, there comes a time when your children will want to move out, but then by that time you may have parents that need a place to stay, and then you never know, your children may want to move back home for a while. “When will it all end?” you ask yourself. But then the time will finally come when your parents will be back on their own and your children will move back out and you will finally say to yourself, “Free at last,” “free at last,” but now what do we do?

Ahhh! This may be the time in your life when you can do what you want to do. Maybe you have always wanted an oversized garage to put your collection of motorcycles or antique cars in, or maybe even that workshop you have always wanted. Or maybe you always wanted a room to showcase your collectables or a room to work on your hobbies, or just a room to call your own and do whatever you want. Something very popular today is a media room where you can entertain friends. A room where you can watch movies, HGTV or a football game without being disturbed. You could even have a popcorn machine off to the side making popcorn while you are watching your favorite movie on that big screen TV. There is something about the smell of popcorn that makes a movie seem even better.

As your lifestyle changes, there may come a time when you realize that you need a larger master suite or a larger living area with maybe a new kitchen and a new bathroom. After all, your home is a special place. Your home is a place where you can relax, entertain, and escape the realities of the real world. Your home is your castle and sometimes you just need to make some changes. You may not want to go as far as adding a “mote” around your castle, even though your neighbors would be really jealous, and instead just go with a new “re-mote” for that big screen TV in your new media room instead. Just a thought.

So, whether it is a one story or two story addition you are considering, a room addition can be an exciting venture for any homeowner. It is a chance to transform your existing home into something extraordinary in order for you and your family to better enjoy the comforts of life. So, as the economy continues to improve, it may be the perfect time for you to consider adding that extra room on to your home and American Housing Remodeling is the right company that can do it for you. We will work with you from conception to completion and will take care of all of the design work, plans and permitting and building of the project.

There are four owners of American Housing Remodeling, Inc.  Paul Venuti, the president and part owner of American Housing Remodeling, originally came from Massachusetts, where he owned and operated his own building contracting firm for over 25 years. Paul has been building in the Pinellas County area for close to fifteen years.

Mick McKenzie comes from a family of home builders and is a 3rd generation home builder.  Mick was raised in the building industry and was Florida State Certified in 1978. Mick has been building homes and room additions in Pinellas County for over thirty years. Mick’s motto has always been to treat a customer’s home as if it were our own.

Lee Kretzer was raised in the Manatee and Pinellas County areas.  Lee has been in the construction industry and real estate business all his life.  Lee feels that our customers are like family and we need to treat them like family.

Stuart Cohen came from Detroit, Michigan and has been very active in the building and real estate industry since arriving in Pinellas County in 1974.

American Housing Remodeling, Inc. is a fully licensed and insured, design/build construction company specializing in residential construction. American Housing Builders, Inc. and American Housing Remodeling, Inc. are members of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA), the Tampa Bay Builders Association (TBBA) and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).

American Housing Remodeling, Inc. is located at 6580 72 Avenue North in Pinellas Park, Florida 33781 and can be contacted at 727-546-6611.

 

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BUILDER / REMODELER CHECKLIST

Redington Beach 2nd Story Room Addition

American Housing Remodeling, Inc. wants to be your remodeling contractor, but we know we have to earn your trust first. This is a great checklist from the NAHB that will help you select the right home builder or home remodeler to work on or build your home. After checking us out, we feel confident that you will see why so many others have selected American Housing to be their builder for life.

  • Ask family, friends or coworkers for recommendations.
  • Make sure the builder or home remodeler has a permanent business location and a good reputation with local banks and suppliers.
  • Find out how long they have been in the building business. It usually takes three to five years to establish a financially sound business. You want to make sure they will be around after the construction is complete to service any warranties.
  • Check out the company’s rating and if there have been any complaints filed with your local Better Business Bureau: http://www.bbb.org/.
  • Make sure the builder/remodeler has sufficient workers compensation and general liability insurance. If not, you may be liable for any construction-related accidents on your premises.
  • Ask the builder/remodeler to provide you with names of previous customers. If they won’t, beware. If they do, ask the customers if they would hire the builder/remodeler again.
  • Ask if you can see the builder/remodelers work, both completed and in progress. Check for quality of workmanship and materials.
  • Do you feel you can easily communicate with the builder/remodeler? Remember you will be in close contact with them throughout the construction process and afterward as you live in your new home.
  • Make sure the builder/remodeler provides you with a complete and clearly written contract. The contract will benefit both of you. If you are having a new home built, get and review a copy of the home warranty and homeowner manual as well.
  • Be cautious of unusually low-priced bids. If the builder/remodeler is unable to pay for the materials and labor as the project proceeds, this may indicate a potential problem. Keep in mind that less expensive does not necessarily mean better!

Click here for more information from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

American Housing Remodeling, Inc. is located at 6580 72nd Ave North in Pinellas Park, Florida 33781 and can be contacted at 727-546-6611.

 

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YOU WILL KNOW WHEN IT IS TIME!

A Room Addition is something most homeowners consider at one time or another. Whether it is because you have just learned you need a new room for a “nursery,” or maybe you have a parent, or parents, moving in with you, or maybe you want to reward yourself with that entertainment room you have always dreamed about. Whatever the reason, the time comes when you just feel you have outgrown your home and need more room.

Like many of us, you may not want to move to a larger home because you either like your neighborhood, you like your friends, you have family that lives close by, you live on the water and love having access to boating, or you have an emotional attachment to your home. Whatever the reason is, and even though you know you need a larger home with more space, you just don’t want to move.

Whether you want to add a bedroom, a bathroom, a family room or a master bedroom on to your existing home, you just know you need a larger home with more space. You may not be sure whether to add on to the back of your existing home or even add a second story. There are many things to consider in deciding on the best way to go here. You will want to look at design, you will want to look at aesthetics, you will want to consider traffic flow, and you will want to consider costs. You will need to consider what type of products and materials to use and you will want to consider the many different energy saving products and techniques that are available and which ones makes sense to use. There are many, many decisions to make and that is even before you get started.  Well, this is where we, American Housing Remodeling, Inc. can come in and help you decide what might be best for you and your family.

American Housing Remodeling, Inc. is your one stop Room Addition professional source and we specialize in one and two story room additions. We can help you at the conceptual stage in deciding what you want and how to accomplish it, we can help you in the actual design and drawing of the plans, and we can help you bring your dream of a larger, more functional home into reality. We will show you how to get it done and we can handle it from start to finish. Best of all, in most cases you can live in your home while the work is being done, even on two story additions.

The owners of American Housing have been building New Homes, Refurbishing existing homes and building one and two story Room Additions in the Pinellas County and Tampa Bay area for over thirty years. We are members of the National Association of Home Builders, (NAHB), the Tampa Bay Builders Association, (TBBA), the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, (NARI), and the Better Business Bureau.

You can contact American Housing Remodeling at 727-546-6611 or go to the “Contact Us” page and request more information.

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There are no shortage of home builders and remodelers in the Pinellas, Hillsborough and Manatee County areas. So how should you go about choosing the right new home builder in Florida? This article gives an overview of the process of selecting the best home building contractor in Florida, but the same criteria could be used to select a remodeling contractor as well.

The Florida home builders with the highest quality homes to offer tend to follow a general set of guidelines in their construction procedures. Each builder is different, of course, but high-quality builders have certain things in common.

First, they use the highest quality materials and usually build their homes with solid, poured concrete. It’s even better if they use steel-reinforced concrete that is designed to withstand a powerful hurricane. When purchasing a home in Florida, hurricane safety must be a consideration. The highest quality home builders pride themselves on building homes that are above hurricane code. Ask about features such as impact resistant windows and a greater number of roof truss straps.

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Adding an In-law Suite Can Be A Good Thing!

There are times in life when circumstances beyond their control force families to come together and join forces to help each other. Whether it be for economic reasons or for health reasons, there may come a time when children have to move back in with their parents or there may be a time when parents have to move in with their children. In fact, the AARP reports that the number of households nationwide that now have more than two generations living together under one roof has expanded by more than six million people over the past few years. Money is usually the primary reason why multiple generations move in together, but health care issues and strong family bonds are also factors.

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) believes that home remodels can help families accommodate these life changing situations. Whether the remodel is to be designed to accommodate living quarters for a younger couple who may have a child or if it is to be designed to accommodate an aging parent that may need handicap accessibility, there are many design options available that can not only enhance the livability of your home, but can also keep your homes’ functionality intact.

The functionality of a home is very important, especially over the long term. Functionality of a home generally starts with a good design. Not only is it important to make sure that a Room Addition is designed properly to keep your home’s integrity intact, but a good remodeler also knows it is important to help take special care of the minor concerns as well, such as a missing electrical outlet or a missing light switch. Although these minor details are important, it is the Room Addition itself that must be designed to compliment your existing home.

Multi-generational households often require some design principles to be incorporated to help increase the accessibility for everyone who will be living in the home. NARI remodelers have the ability to tap into the special needs of their clients and incorporate them into the design.  It’s all about personalization of each job. Before getting started, it is important to know if the added space will be for a young family with a small child or if it will be used by empty-nesters. This should all be planned out in advance and taken into consideration when designing a project, long before the actual job is started.

So, whether you are thinking about adding an in-law apartment over the garage, a room off the back of your home or a second story addition over your existing house, you will have to look at your own particular situation, determine how much more room you will need, and then decide what will work best for you. You will not only want to consider how the design will affect your existing home, but you will want to consider how it will impact those of you who will all be living together under the one roof together. With the proper planning and design, it can be a very pleasurable experience and a time when your family can enjoy the closeness of being together and appreciate knowing that this is what being a family is all about.

Contact American Housing Remodeling, Inc. at 727-546-6611 for more information on the Remodeling or the adding of a Room Addition or In-Law Suite on to your home. American Housing Remodeling, Inc. is located at 6580 72 Ave N in Pinellas Park, Florida 33781.

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Buying New vs Adding On

Besides providing your home with more living space, a room addition can be a terrific investment. However, before moving forward with that room addition, there are a few things you might want to consider first. Look at your neighborhood’s home market values, the estimated cost of the room addition, getting the plans drawn and where and how to go about getting the necessary financing if needed. Consider your tolerance level for your family’s disruption during the actual construction period. While American Housing can help you with this and will work hard to make your experience as pleasant as possible, let’s face it, your home will be a construction site for a while and there will be some minor inconveniences. With that said, we will work together with you to make it as pleasant an experience as possible. The end result will be well worth it.

So, if your family is in need of more room and you already know that buying a new home is not the answer for you, then adding on a room addition, or even a second story room addition, may be just the solution. After all, you like where you live and you like your neighbors and your neighborhood.

It is also important to note that adding a room will probably be far less expensive than having to sell your existing home and then having to buy a new bigger home. Between the selling costs of your existing home, the price and the closing costs of purchasing your new home, the saving will most likely be substantial. Without going through all of that, you can have a home that will be more functional and more suitable to you and your family’s lifestyle and not even have to move.

Once you have decided to add that room addition, the first thing to do is to plan out what it is you want and remember that a good room addition design will be the key to your success. It is during this phase that the design for your room addition project and costs will be determined.  A good plan will ensure that the room addition project will go smoothly and will stay within your budget.

The planning stage of your room addition is also the time to determine how your project will be financed. There are various financing options available depending on the cost of your project. A home equity loan

is probably the most common way home owners obtain money for a room addition, but there is also the possibility of a personal loan or the refinancing of your existing home. And of course, there is always cash. Cash is a great way to go if you are in a position to do so.

Then there comes the time that you must decide on who is going to do the work. It is the decision of hiring the right remodeling contractor. One of the things you might want to do is to talk to your neighbors, friends and co-workers. It is always nice to know about the contractor you are considering using. Ask for references and maybe even go out and look at a job or two that is under construction. You want a reputable contractor that has a reputation for customer service, customer satisfaction and quality work. It is also nice to work with a contractor that plays an active role in the community. American Housing is a One and Two Story Room Addition remodeling contractor that fits that bill.

American Housing is a member of the NAHB, FHBA, TBBA, NARI, the Better Business Bureau, and Local Chambers of Commerce. American Housing also sponsors a local Little League baseball team and donates to many local charities.

You can visit American Housing’s Design Center at 7195 66th Street North in Pinellas Park or call us at 727-546-6611 for more information on our company and our services as one of Tampa Bay’s premier new home building and remodeling professionals.

ROOM ADDITION UNDER CONSTRUCTION

This second story Room Addition is currently under construction on Vina del Mar in St Pete Beach. This job required the removal of the existing roof and adding a complete second floor over the living area of the home as home owners continue to live in their house.

The second floor has now been framed in, the walls erected, the roof installed, and the drywall is now being finished. The exterior of home will be stuccoed as the interior trims are being installed. Once that phase is complete, the next step will include painting the interior and the exterior of the home. Find below some photos of this home from before starting construction to how it looks at the dry in stage.

For more information on American Housing, or to schedule an appointment for your free in-home free estimate, please call us at 727-546-6611

INDIA: A LAND OF UNIQUE CULTURES

American Housing understands that there are many diverse cultures that make up America today. These different cultures are one of the reasons why America is so unique, and so great, in today’s world.

As new a home builder and remodeler, we have had the pleasure of working with many people from some of the different and wonderful cultures from around the world that now make up the Tampa Bay area, including families of Indian descent. Through our experience of working with people of India’s Indian heritage, we have learned that India is a very colorful country, and like us, they have a unique integration of many ethnic groups displaying a variety of distinct cultures and religions.

We have learned that the people of India speak many different languages, dress differently, follow different religions, and eat different foods, but are basically of the same spirit. So when there is a celebration, they don’t celebrate alone. The entire neighborhood or community is involved in bringing merriment to the occasion. Likewise, in times of sorrow, neighbors and friends play an important part in sharing a family’s grief.

In working with the many wonderful people of Indian descent, we have learned that family plays a very important role in the Indian culture. From an early age, children are continually reminded of their place in society and taught to respect and honor their elders. It is a system in which extended family members, including parents, children, spouses and their offspring often live together, with the eldest male member of a household being the head of the family and making all of the important family decisions.

Like many countries around the world, India has certain traditions that have become a part of its folklore. For instance, it is said the simple act of utensils falling on the floor may foretell the coming of guests. And you know what that means. Company! And, oh yes, it is also said that a sparrow building a nest in, or near, a new home is an omen for good fortune. We will have to look in to this one.

Another interesting thing we learned about is the Indian belief in the Doctrine of Karma. This Doctrine preaches that every person should behave justly towards others because every act or deed will one day come back in full circle. Karma, what goes around comes around.

It is fun to learn about other cultures and traditions. We were told by one family of Indian descent that they compare their culture to a garden of flowers with many of shades and colors that lends harmony and beauty to their garden.  They said they read it somewhere and just loved how it expressed their feelings. Very Nice.

We, at American Housing, appreciate the many diverse cultures and respect all of the many different customs and traditions. As builders and remodelers, we realize that we may have to modify our designs in creating the perfect home and work closely with our customers to achieve this goal. Whether we are building you a new home, adding on a room addition, or remodeling your existing home, we will listen to your concerns and requests regarding the design and building of your project.

For more information on us and our homes, go to the “Contact Us” page of our website, or simply call us at 727-546-6611.

New Lead Paint Rules issued by the Environmental Protection Agency are now in effect and affects all homes built prior to 1978.

The EPA’s New Lead Paint Requirements for Builders and Remodelers

On April 22, 2010, a contractor performing any type of renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978, must now be an EPA-approved certified renovator and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.

When working on a home that test positive for lead paint, the EPA lead paint approved renovator  must use lead-safe work practices and follow these three procedures:

  • Contain the work area.
  • Minimize dust.
  • Clean up thoroughly.

Although the Environmental Protection Agency, the EPA, makes it sound as though these are very simple procedures, in reality they are not quite so easy. These procedures can quickly become very complex and can sometimes become quite costly. From the initial intrusive lead paint test itself, to the workers having to wear hazmat type suits in the contaminate areas, the procedure can become quite “interesting.” Oddly enough, after all of these safety precautions are taken to protect the home’s occupants and keeping the lead dust contained so as not to enter the surrounding atmosphere, they then simply allow you to dispose of the debris in any dumpster. Go figure.

Now, even though this new rule will cover an estimated 79 million homes, the EPA itself estimates that a significantly smaller number of homes — about 38 million — still contain lead paint. Luckily, the Tampa Bay area is said to have relatively few homes with lead paint.

This new rule now requires remodelers and all other contractors disturbing more than six square feet of painted surfaces in pre-1978 homes, to dictate lead-safe work practices, pre-renovation consumer education and record keeping of work done.

The EPA has also partnered with the non-profit Ad Council and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on a public relations campaign to help increase home-owner awareness of the rule.

The EPA said it was working on providing NAHB members with clarification on how the rule will apply to homes that were under construction before 1978 but not completed until after that time, when lead paint was no longer allowed.

The rule also requires remodelers to give records to their customers within 30 days of completing the job, including a checklist confirming that they followed the required lead-safe work practice steps.

American Housing Builders, Inc. and American Housing Remodeling, Inc. are now EPA lead paint certified and can handle all jobs that present itself. Please feel free to call us for more information at 727-546-6611, or simply go to the “Contact Us” page of our website and send a request for more information.

Click here to read more on the new EPA Lead Paint rule.

Maybe it's Time to Remodel

Homeowners never fail to be impressed by the difference major space changes can make in the quality of their family’s life.

You love your home, but maybe it isn’t working well for you anymore. You don’t want to leave your neighborhood, your neighbors or the schools your children attend, but you feel that something must to be done to refit your home to your current lifestyle.

Not to worry. Adding a room addition on to your existing home may be a major undertaking, but it can also be a very fulfilling experience, especially if the remodeling is well designed. Excellent design is critical, since the remodeling can either enhance or detract from your existing structure. The one thing you don’t want is an addition that clashes, or sticks out like a sore thumb.

American Housing begins by evaluating the style of your home. Each home style has specific architectural lines and details which can be echoed in the design of your addition. Next, we think in terms of scale. A common design mistake is an addition that either overshadows the original home, or is too small and insignificant to add to the overall architectural style.

In looking at your home, we pay special attention to your roof, the style of your windows, the architectural details and the types of materials used in the original construction. Repeating design elements is an excellent method of creating an addition that looks as though it has always been there.

The design of the interior offers a little more flexibility, since it is not viewed in its entirety, as is the exterior. We will strive for a comfortable transition from existing to new. For example, the ceiling height and style can make a big difference in the tone of a room. This can add drama to a contemporary or traditionally designed space in a living room, kitchen, bathroom or family room.

There is little that is more satisfying than living in a home that has been beautifully remodeled with a new room addition. We are Pinellas County remodeling professionals specializing in one and two story room additions, along with the remodeling of kitchens and bathrooms. We provide a 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty with all of our room additions. Call us at 727-546-6611 for more information.

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